Three Solid Suggestions for Success in Your New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Choose Excellence. Whatever you’ve chosen as your New Year’s resolution(s), choose first to excel at every little thing that will get you closer to that goal(s).

2. Focus: Be in the moment, every moment, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Start today. Challenge yourself to listen intently to every conversation, comprehend fully what you read, watch and hear.

3. Repeat: Excellence will NEVER be a destination. Every day we seek perfection. Every day we fall short. That’s earth life, welcome aboard! The trick is to “meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same,”only to greet the next day with the same hunger for excellence you had on the first day of your journey.

Repeat: Focus is much harder (at least for me) than it may sound. When you find yourself truly “in the moment” physically, mentally, emotionally; ask yourself  “does this conversation, book, article, video, music, popular media, propel me closer to my chosen resolution? Yes? Consider being in that moment spiritually as well, dig in, and find ways to immediately apply whatever that moment may have offered! No? Run like Joseph from Potiphar’s wife! Whether by accident or design, your being distracted from your chosen resolution! Refuse to be distracted!

MEANS AND METHODS:

In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training, by Terry Orlick, PhD. An outstanding text divided into four parts: Envisioning, Preparing the Mind for, Building Toward, and Realizing Excellence. I’m currently reading this and it was the inspiration for this morning’s post.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield. Mr. Pressfield also has an outstanding e-book, titled: Do The Work, I’ve read both and can highly recommend them! These are some of the best writings I’ve ever read on defeating distraction, and improving focus! You can find other tips and techniques on his interesting website here. 

Have a great day, choose excellence, stay focused and repeat! Joe H

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